The Global Mentorship Conference – The Leading Women Edition aims to address the pressing problem of underrepresentation and limited advancement opportunities for African professional women in their careers.
The program is designed to benefit African career women who aspire to gain clarity, direction, and advancement in their professional lives. This includes women at different stages of their careers, ranging from early-career professionals to mid-level managers and aspiring leaders.
The conference aims to provide a platform for mentorship, networking, and knowledge exchange that will enable women to gain clarity, direction, and the necessary skills to lead themselves, lead teams, lead industries, and drive meaningful change.
With half of Africa’s population under the age of twenty-five, it is impossible to gainsay that Africa is the world’s largest reservoir of youths. However, the huge potential of global domination that comes with this abundance of youths has not been reached. Frankly speaking, we have barely scratched the surface. To even begin with, most of these youths are unemployed: Africa has a youth unemployment rate of 77%. This is partly due to a lack of quality education; around 89 million youth are out of school in Sub-Saharan Africa. Interestingly, there are about 25 million unemployed graduates in Nigeria alone.
This means that the problem is not limited to lack of education, but extends to lack of clarity and direction, lack of information and exposure, lack of soft skills, and lack of technical skills.
The conference was designed to give African youths clarity and enlighten them about the vast opportunities available to them, the skills they need to acquire to compete favourably to secure these opportunities, where those skills can be acquired, and how these opportunities can be utilized for their development and that of Africa/Globe.
Hence, the theme of the global conference 2021 was “Unleashing the Potential of African Youth to Become Sustainability Champions & Global Citizens”
The goal of the “By and for Youth” conference was to provide group mentoring to 50,000 African youths via the conference. Ito set a tone that centred around CLARITY, DIRECTION, MENTORSHIP, SOFT/LIFE SKILLS and NETWORKING at this conference.
The online conference hosted speakers and panellists from 6 continents and 20+ countries. Participants that attended were from 30+ African countries
I-Train Africa is an Ed-tech social enterprise focused on sustainable development goals (SDGs) 4 (Education) and 8 (Decent work and economic growth). This social enterprise was born owing to the obvious gap in the education that we are being offered in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
I-Train Africa’s aim is to build the future we want to see in Africa by creating awareness, blueprint programs, and a community where we offer practical 21st-century knowledge and skills that lead to the empowerment of youths.
I-Train Africa has since its inception created different programs geared towards youth empowerment in Africa and built an online community of 1200+ youths from 8+ African countries.
UNLEASH is a global initiative that brings together young leaders, experts, and entrepreneurs to develop innovative solutions to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. The mission of UNLEASH is to empower and unite passionate youth and engage cross-sector partners to generate and grow solutions to achieve the SDGs. We envision it to be the most impactful youth innovation platform for the SDGs.
Since 2017, UNLEASH has engaged more than 4,000 young people from 167 countries to create over 700 SDG-solutions. In addition, UNLEASH has reached over 23 million people via its communications efforts, making them one of the world’s most influential sustainability brands according to Onalytica.
UNLEASH has empowered 5 ambassadors from Sub-Saharan Africa region to lead regional activities, grow a local UNLEASH hub across Sub-Saharan Africa, strengthen engagement and action amongst alumni, and be a voice in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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